The need for self-defense is as old as mankind itself. Throughout time, civilizations devised weapons based on their particular needs at that time. Some of which were pretty ingenious and strange at the same time.
Here is a list of the most strange and exceptional weapons ever devised in the history of mankind.
- The Puke Ray
In 2007, the U.S. Homeland Security created a handheld torch that emitted a combination of LED light that in addition to blinding the enemy and disorientate him/her, it also induced vomiting and nausea. This weapon apparently has a range of up to 1.5 miles (2.4km). Rival technology has been investigated by the US Navy and Laser Energetics Inc. It is not clear what would happen when the enemy wears sunglasses, or carries a mirror. Although this weapon is not an exceptional one, it most definitely is a strange one.
These are spiked rings that were used in ancient Japan. They were normally made from iron and had from 1 to 3 spikes. The user would normally wear either 1 or 2 rings—one for his index or middle finger and another on his thumb. The kakute’s spikes were normally turned inward and applied to the pressure points by gripping the limbs or neck, which would stun the opponent and cause a nasty puncture wound. It was favored by the kunoichi (female ninjas). They deceived the enemy with this innocent looking weapon and attacked them when they least expected.
This self-defense weapon had a conspicuous iron “hand” at one of its ends that had sharp claw like nails that were used to impale flesh, and tear it off from the enemy’s body. The sheer weight of the zhua was enough to kill the enemy, and but the sharp claw like nails made it even deadlier. Additionally, when it was wielded by a professional, it could be used to pull enemy soldiers off their horse. However, the primary use of the zhua was to pull off the defense shields of the enemies, leaving them exposed to the sharp claw like nails.
This is a double bladed dagger that was used by the Rajput warriors of India. The two double edged blades of the haladie were connected to the ends of a single handle. Some of the haladie also had a center blade that was supported by a knuckle guard. The Rajput warriors used it to ferociously slash and pierce the enemy while also protecting themselves.
The ancient Hindu and Muslim mendicants and ascetics – were not allowed to carry weapons, so they had to improvise something so that they could be able to protect themselves. They made the madu, which was not officially considered to be a weapon. It was originally made from 2 Indian antelope horns that were connected perpendicularly by a crossbar. With the tips of the horns at its opposite ends, the madu was excellent for stabbing.
The Emeici is a traditional Chinese martial-arts weapon which was used for stabbing. They’re a pair of metal rods with sharp ends and originated at Mt. Emei. They’re normally mounted on a detachable-ring that is worn on the middle finger, allowing them to be elaborately manipulated. They are used in wu shu to this day.
The katar is a single blade Indian weapon that can be split into 3 using the trigger that’s on its handle. It was created and used by the Sikh warriors and it’s effective for slashing and stabbing enemies. The katar’s blades were also able to pierce many kinds of Asian armour, this made them extremely useful in close range combat.
- Chu ko nu
This is an automatic bow that could be used to fire arrows in very quick succession. The Chu ko nu had a wooden case that was made of wood at its top to contain the arrows and could fire on average a total of ten arrows within fifteen seconds. For added efficiency, some of the arrows were tipped with poison from the lethal aconite flower. One interesting fact is that it last saw its use in the Sino Japanese wars of 1894 to 1895, many years after the introduction of firearms.
- Hunga Munga
This is an iron fighting tool that was named by the African tribes who live south of Lake Chad; also called “njiga” by the Bagirmi, “danisco” by the Marghi and “goleyo” by the Musgu. It’s a handheld weapon that has a metal-pointed blade with a curved-back section and a separate spike near its handle. The Hunga Munga can be used in close range combat and can also be thrown with a spinning action, like the Australian boomerang.
- Stingray Spear
This is a thrusting weapon that was developed and used by the Maori. It’s a spear that has the dried out stinger of a sting ray attached to one of its ends. It’s essentially a “one hit” weapon because the stingers which are covered with thousands of small barbs, remain imbedded in the enemy’s body, detaching themselves from the stingray spear shaft as its withdrawn. Any poison residue that was left in the stingers would only cause the enemy to feel more discomfort and could cause more damage if it got into the enemy’s blood stream. The stingers do not kill the enemies, they only slow them down.
- The Chakram
The Chakram is a disk like throwing weapon that was used by the Indian warrior castes such as the Sikhs and Rajput. Numerous chakrams of various sizes were worn around the necks, arms and stacked onto the turbans. This weird and deadly weapon is thrown vertically instead of horizontally with a horrible thick in body and foot in diameter. They come in various sizes and are normally made of brass or steel. Some of the chakrams, were ornately engraved, or inlaid with gold, brass or silver.
- The Tekko-kagi Claws
This is an ancient Ninja weapon, that was made from steel, aluminum and iron, were used in defense to deflect blows from swords or any other implements, aid in climbing fences and walls and when it was used offensively one could end up with devastatingly painful results. It originated when Okinawa’s Bushi started wielding the steel shoes of their horses as self-defense weapons against their assailants.
The Urumi is a strange self-defense weapon that originated in the southern states of India and is perhaps one of the most dangerous close combat weapons in the whole history of weapons. It’s a very flexible long sword, usually made from brass or steel, 48 to 66 inches (122 to 168 cm) long, normally treated as a metal whip. Urumi is composed of several blades that are attached to a single handle and in some of the variants such as those used in Sri Lanka the total number of blades could be over thirty.
14. The Tessen
This is an old Chinese self-defense weapon that was used in fights and wars. The tessen was designed to look similar to the ordinary folding fans that were used by Chinese women, but it has outer iron spokes that look ordinary and harmless. The famous Samurai warriors used it in fights feigning the enemy to believe that it’s an ordinary fan and when weapons were not permitted.
The Iwisa, also known as the knobkierrie, is a wooden club that was used in Eastern and Southern Africa. The Iwisa is a long-handled wooden club, about 2 feet long that ends in a thick knob. Some of the Iwisas’ head or knob is ornately carved with shapes or faces that have symbolic meanings.
Before the reign of Shaka, the Zulu used to use spears to fight. However when Shaka removed the spears for the Ikiwa, the Zulu tribe became more focused on close combat.
Could you see yourself using any of these weapons today?